Leading US finance expert due in the Gulf

Published November 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Company Press Release: 


The man who heads the finance department of the USA’s celebrated University of Michigan Business School (Ann Arbor) is due in the Gulf early in the new year to address executives on ‘Strategic Finance For Senior Decision-Makers.’ 


Turkish-born Professor H. Nejat Seyhun, Chairman of the Business School’s Finance Department, is to conduct a three-day executive education program in Dubai from January 21-23. This will be his first visit to the Arabian Gulf. 


“This innovative program will focus on the rapidly changing economic and business landscape of the Middle East,” said Aman Merchant, Chief Executive, Leading Concepts, which organizes UMBS executive programs in the Middle East under an exclusive partnership with the Business School. 


“In particular the program will focus on the roles of capital structure, financial leasing and project finance as well as addressing initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions.” 



Prof. Seyhun, who is regularly quoted in the USA’s leading financial dailies, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, is currently researching the time series behavior of asset prices, insider trading, managerial motivation in corporate take-overs, taxes, trading strategies and bankruptcies. 


“Prof. Seyhun’s experience is second to none and as senior executives throughout the Middle East rise to the increasing challenges of privatization, his expertize will assist them in addressing these crucial issues,” added Merchant. 


‘Strategic Finance For Senior Decision Makers,’ which will be held in the Emirates Towers Hotel, has been specifically structured to meet the needs of non-financial senior executives from a variety of functional areas and businesses, in both the public and private sectors. 


“Corporate financial dealings are no longer the exclusive realm of bankers, auditors and accountants,” said Merchant. “In today’s global environment with cross-border mergers and stock market launches, all managers need to clued into the pit-falls and opportunities ahead.” 


‘Strategic Finance For Senior Decision Makers’ is the second UMBS executive program to be staged in Dubai. The Business School’s executive programs have been ranked number two in the world by Business Week. 


“Following its successful Middle East launch program in September, UMBS is now stepping up its executive programs in the region and is specifically tailoring them to the evolution in the Middle East’s economic and corporate culture,” said Merchant. 


A third UMBS executive education program–‘Global Business Strategies’–is to be held in April 2001 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 

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